Sun-Times drops Latino cartoonist

Lalo Alcaraz is the creator of La Cucaracha, the first nationally-syndicated, politically-themed Latino daily comic strip.

His comic strip appears in newspapers nationwide and it had been appearing in the Sun-Times for many years.

But over the weekend it was mysteriously dropped.

"There is no info from my syndicate or reason from the paper. Sometimes they move stuff around and drop strips to see if there's any outcry, so I ain't letting it go without trying to rouse the readers," Alcaraz wrote me.

He's asking for readers and fans of La Cucaracha to contact Sun-Times editor Don Hayner dhayner@suntimes.com and Features Editor Amanda Barrett abarrett@suntimes.com to please ask that they reinstate his comic strip.

Alcaraz has been creating editorial cartoons for almost 30 years and his work has appeared in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Mexico's La Jornada and many other publications. He also has been featured on CNN, Rolling Stone Magazine, the Comics Journal and by many other media outlets.

At a time when the Latino population is growing and immigration is part of a national debate, we need voices like Alcaraz's to make us laugh or cry about the issues of the day.

Check out some of his past cartoons below.

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  • Mi gusta la cucaracha!

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